This week I will be attending the ever fabulous Alt Summit in Salt Lake City. For the event, I needed some new purses, clutches, and attire. After all, when you run a sewing blog…you better show up with some handmade gear when attending a work conference. One of the easiest items you can bring to best showcase your talents are zipper pouches, totes, and other purse like bags. After stumbling across some awesome placemats at Target recently, I thought it would be fun to make the no-sew version of the famous placemat clutch.
Granted, mine are ‘little’ sew. As I did end up using a button with loop closure. I am particularly in love with the black and white woven version.
No Sew Placemat Clutch.
The woven black and white version:
It was rather flimsy on it’s own, so I added some firm stabilizer in the middle, and covered the stabilizer with a hot pink felt. In order to keep with the ‘no sew’ theme, I did use fabric glue for these and they worked perfectly. I allowed it to dry overnight, with a heavy book on top to weight it down, and everything was firmly in place with the clutch being nice and sturdy. But you will laugh at me for the next step…the following morning I woke up and determined that the sides of this clutch needed to be sewn. So I followed the basic no-sew clutch DIY, but simply replaced gluing the side seams with sewing. Added a button and loop closure, and was done with it!
The black lace version:
This one truly is no sew….okay, mostly no sew if you include the button. It is a combination of (2) separate placemats, the black felt lace glued directly onto a metallic plastic placemat. I used tacky glue to work on this one. And had to fully glue each petal so that they wouldn’t pop up. Once the lace was fully dry, I was able to follow along with the basic no sew clutch. Then I simply added the button with a few hand stitches, and added a black string on the clutch fold over top to wrap around the button.
As always, thank you so much for stopping by, and until next time…